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Drunken elk drowns after falling through ice

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12:05 CET+01:00
An elk that became inebriated after binging on fermented fallen apples in northern Sweden drowned when it fell through the ice of a frozen inlet, Aftonbladet reported on Thursday.

"The elk appears to have eaten too many fermented apples and become confused out on the ice," Luleå police spokesman Erik Kummu told local media.

Emergency services were scrambled but they were unable to save the four-legged apple thief.

For several days prior to the elk's demise, local residents had contacted police after seeing the animal munch its way through rotting fruit, Aftonbladet said.

Drunk elks are relatively common in Sweden in late autumn as the animals eat fallen apples which ferment slightly on the ground.

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